Serene Sunday: A Prayer to Soothe the Soul

At this festive time of year as our family gathers for Thanksgiving, in addition to the gratitude we give for our bountiful feast, we always recite the “Serenity Prayer”. It’s a long-standing family tradition. 🙂 Everyone is familiar with prayer/poem, and we recite it together by heart, while holding hands at the dinner table:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And the Wisdom to know the difference…

What you may not realize is there’s more to the prayer than this. It actually goes on to say…

Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time,

Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace,

Taking this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it,

Trusting that thou shall make all things right if I surrender to Thy Will,

That I may be reasonably happy in this life,

And supremely happy forever with Thee in the next.

~ AMEN

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serenity_Prayer

http://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/smf-129_en.pdf

If you prefer the classic poetic structure, here it is from a previous “Serene Sunday” post. You’ll notice the wording is slightly different, but the sentiment expressed is the very same…

God grant me the Serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
and Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

Thankful Thursday: Lighten Your Load with Gratitude

I am getting a head start on Thanksgiving. 🙂 It’s occurred to me that perhaps we can choose to express our gratitude more often than once a year. Sure, why not? Yes, it is a conscious choice to either dwell on the negative — what’s wrong in the world — or celebrate what’s right in our lives. The latter feels much better!

There is an energetic heaviness with worry, anxiety and frustration. Who needs that? For me it is palpable, as “shouldering the burden” which limits my human potential. I know that the more you connect with the Universe and your own divinity, the more you see goodness and mercy in the world. Besides I am Life Coach, so what I do is consciously guide my clients to use the Law of Attraction to ease the pressure of their day to day lives and bring JOY and contentment to themselves and their loved ones.

My training as a Law of Attraction Life Coach included going through the “Abundance Principle” course, and for 40 consecutive days our class did a daily mediation, and wrote down 10 things we were grateful for each day. And if we missed even one day, we had to start all over again (even if we were on Day 39!) Well, I can honestly tell you that it was getting to be quite a challenge after having listed over 100 things I loved about my life — my healthy, loving husband, supportive friends, etc. I had to get more creative, such as “I’m grateful for seeing a hummingbird this morning.” “I’m grateful for having all my senses – taste, touch, sight, hearing, smell.” I thank God for my singing ability; thank God that I can write beautiful poems…” “Um, uh, I am grateful to the mailman for delivering our mail every day.” (Okay, you know I’m reaching!) And it got to that point, right around the 375th thing I was grateful for – whew! But when I completed the course (didn’t skip a day!) it was well worth it. 🙂

Here’s some of my notes on what I’ve learned, which I am pleased to pass along to you:

“In a dark Universe, the warrior is the one that fights to win and struggles against adversity. In a bright, loving Universe, the change process is very different. It’s not going to war. It’s about finding your belief system, and changing the parts of you that are not in alignment so that you can do it gracefully!

Be willing to be courageous; you have that power to step into ownership in a powerful and profound way so you can shift your reality…

What would you have to believe to create that for yourself? Have your client write down 10 reasons what you’d have to believe and why you created that situation? This is a stream of consciousness… The spiritual truths will come out, and something will shift tremendously for them…”

Here in a nutshell is what I basically offer my coaching clients:

“I know how to see God in the ordinary things of this world, as well as cultivating a view of other people that acknowledges their divinity and innate creativity. These qualities give humans the power to transform their lives from the ordinary to extraordinary with simple methods which I’ve mastered and can easily teach my clients to master as well. Qi Gong is a beautiful healing modality that anyone can learn to heal body, mind and spirit. This practice merges meditation with flowing movements that can make anyone look graceful, improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and strengthen the immune system. My LAW OF ATTRACTION Life Coaching practice is essentially faith-based. Besides having faith in God, you believe in yourself. I guide my clients to progressively eliminate doubt, fear, depression and anxiety through use of fun games and flowing “exercises” which bring harmony and balance to your life!”

Now here’s your Call to Action, with this simple, yet powerfully effective exercise:

Sit quietly in a comfortable chair, close your eyes and breathe deeply from your abdomen. If you like, place both hands there to feel your belly rise and fall.

Now think about the happiest moment of you life. Remember how grateful you felt at the time – all the ways you felt truly alive and joyful. You believed in your self worth, and so you were aligned with the Universe (without even knowing it at that time) Now within that state of gratitude, fast forward to your present life. How are things different? Take ownership of the circumstances – you have far more control of the situation than you thought possible. Continue breathing deeply, even as you open your eyes…

Stay focused on the present moment, take a pencil/pen and paper to write down why you feel you created your current situation on left side of the paper (NOT a matter of who’s at fault, just witness the part you’ve played in this scenario) You’re coming from a place of neutrality and non-judgment here… Once you’ve finished the first column of “why you created that situation” then write down 10 statements on the right side of the paper, answering this question:  “What would I have to believe about myself in order to shift my reality and create my own ideal scenario, where I feel alive, joyful and empowered?”

I would truly enjoy hearing how you experienced this for yourself!  Remember, be courageous and know that the Universe is a loving place.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving, everyone!

Jacqueline

 

 

 

Awaken Your Senses; There’s Wonders to Behold!

I have been remiss in not blogging for over a month! In my defense, I’ve been grappling with a turning point in my life – nothing tragic, just very challenging – and it opened my eyes and heart, making me rethink my priorities in a big way!! I really needed a respite with my first love, POETRY, so in that spirit I have chosen these beautiful poems to feature here. They are quoted from “The Fragrance Of Life”, attributed to a fellow blogger and spiritualist who I much admire @inspiringyoursp Thank you and God bless you! 🙂

“Connection with gardens, even small ones, even potted plants, can become windows to the inner life. The simple act of stopping and looking at the beauty around us can be prayer.”
– Patricia R. Barrett, The Sacred Garden

“The first act of awe, when man was struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience.”
– Henryk Skolimowski

“Even before I could speak, I remember crawling through blueberry patches in the wild meadows on our hillsides. I quickly discovered Nature was filled with Spirit; I never saw any separation between Spirit and Nature. Much later I discovered our culture taught there was supposed to be some kind of separation – that God, Spirit and Nature were supposed to be divided and different. However, at my early age it seemed absolutely obvious that the church of the Earth was the greatest church of all; that the temple of the forest was the supreme temple. When I went to the sanctuary of the mountain, I found Earth’s natural altar – Great Spirit’s real shrine. Years later I discovered that this path of going into Nature, bonding deeply with it, and seeing Spirit within Nature – God, Goddess, and Great Spirit – was humanity’s most ancient, most primordial path of spiritual cultivation and realization.”
– John P. Milton, Sky Above, Earth Below

“In all things of Nature there is something marvellous.”
– Aristotle

Awakening

“In the assemblies of the enlightened ones there have been many cases of mastering the Way bringing forth the heart of plants and trees; this is what awakening the mind for enlightenment is like. The fifth patriarch of Zen was once a pine-planting wayfarer; Rinzai worked on planting cedars and pines on Mount Obaku. … Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.”

– Dogen Zenji, Japanese Zen Buddhist Grand Master, Awakening the Unsurpassed Mind, #31

Scent is the most potent and bewitching substance in the
gardener’s repertory and yet it is the most neglected and
least understood. The faintest waft is sometimes enough
to induce feelings of hunger or anticipation, or to transport
you back through time and space to a long-forgotten moment
in your childhood. It can overwhelm you in an instant or simply
tease you, creeping into your consciousness slowly and
evaporating almost the moment it is detected. Each fragrance,
whether sweet or spicy, light or heavy, comes upon you
in its own way and evokes its own emotional response.
– Stephen Lacey, Scent in Your Garden, 1991

To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers
is a delectable form of defeat.
– Beverly Nichols

I go to Nature to be soothed and healed,
and to have my senses put in order.
– John Burroughs

My lilac trees are old and tall;
I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roof and streets, to find the bees.
– Lousie Driscoll, 1875 – 1957, My Garden Is a Pleasant Place

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.
– Heinrich Heine

And so it is, ever was and ever shall be. Praise God and all of Mother Nature!